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Honest songwriter set to head on stage

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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AN artist known for his honest writing described as ‘direct, uncompromising but often edgy’ is all set to take to the stage in a village pub.

Alex Roberts will perform at the Dog and Partridge, in Church Lane, Marchington, from 5pm to 7.30pm on Sunday as part of the Sunday Music Club.

He will be heading to the popular music venue fresh from his set at the Southwell Music Festival.

The performer is described as artist who represents all the best aspects of the songwriter’s craft.

He is seen by his peers as a casual observer of the world that surrounds him, and his work often appears to draw on its roots, it’s past and present.

A spokesman said: “A story teller in the age-old tradition, a balladeer, poet and a writer of impressively prolific output, with five albums released, most recently ‘Love and Supernatural’ last November.

“His songs are shaped, sculpted and coloured by the myriad experiences of his life, from his time spent travelling and absorbing various cultures across Europe and the Indian subcontinent, to his reclusive lifestyle in a tepee.

“Alex blends genres from baroque to blues, with a warm soulful voice, finger-style acoustic guitar, some fine lap-steel playing, bouzouki, and a stompbox to boot.

“His writing is honest and direct, uncompromising but often edgy.

“Influenced by Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and Tom Waits, on stage he threads themes and stories into a timeless and captivating web of song.”

Roberts current tour is taking him right across the country with shows in Twickenham, Newquay, Bridport, Dam Fine Festival, in Damerham, Bude Music Festival and Weymouth.

Tonefest said of the performer: “The last time Alex played ToneFest, he arrived with a suitcase full of his CD’s.

“That’s optimistic I thought. However after playing a truly magical set to the residents of the Free Peace Suite, a set that had five standing ovations, Alex left with an empty suitcase and many more fans.”

FATEA Magazine said: “Alex puts his whole self into his performance, no pretentious airs, just honest to goodness delivery.

“The resulting impact on the audience is stunning.

“Alex’s music seems to energise its environment.”

More information on Roberts is available from his website at www.AlexRobertsMusic.com

Details on the Sunday Music Club at the Dog and Partridge are available by calling the pub on 01283 820394, visiting the website at www.dogandpartridgemarchington.co.uk/events or through the Dog and Partridge Facebook page.

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